Video: Woman Speaks Against Coworker Charged with Lewd Acts with a Child


Days after a Riverside guitar teacher was arrested and charged with lewd acts with a child, a woman recorded a video against their employer and their lack of action.

Marie Strassenburg is accusing Guitar Center of failing to reach out to the parents of children who may have been taught by Nathaniel Hernandez.

Hernandez was arrested last week by a SWAT team and has been charged with five counts of a lewd act with a child under 14 and one count of sodomy with a child under 14. 

A Riverside Police Department news release originally Hernandez as a “guitar instructor at a music business in Riverside.” 

"Due to Hernandez’ access to children, it is believed there could be other victims who have not yet come forward."

Strassenburg made the video explaining her manager's told her to keep it quiet and pretend Hernandez was out sick if others asked.

“We thought nothing of it until bounty hunters came in looking for him. When I found out he was wanted by the police, we both pressed the store manager to get in touch with the parents and the students that used to be Nathaniel’s and he refused. He told us to keep it to ourselves, to keep it quiet.”

When asked about Strassenburg's claims the Guitar Center media relations team released a short statement.

"Guitar Center has recently been made aware of a matter regarding a former employee from its Moreno Valley store. Guitar Center conducts background checks on all of its employees and takes the safety of its employees and customers very seriously. Guitar Center is fully cooperating with law enforcement in its investigation of this matter.

We cannot comment further as this matter involves a pending investigation."


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